Literature and Madness: PCA/ACA 2014 Conference, Chicago, IL, 16-19 April 2014 (abstract deadline 1 November 2013)

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Literature and Madness Section, Popular Culture Association
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The Literature and Madness section of the Popular Culture Association is soliciting 15-20 minute papers for the upcoming year's annual PCA/ACA conference, scheduled for 16-19 April. Abstract deadline is 1 November 2013.

Contributors are encouraged to think broadly about either or both terms of "literature" and "madness." For instance, madness can be addressed in its contemporary medical forms, as codified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), or it can be considered in any of the forms it has been assigned in other historical periods. Likewise, literature can be viewed widely. Past panels have included analysis of popular and canonical literary works and/or genres, but they have also included analysis of film, opera and musical theatre, song lyrics, instrumental music, single-media and multi-media art, and the cultural and economic conditions surrounding the production, publication, performance, and/or installation of such works.

The Literature and Madness section accepts submissions from faculty members, graduate students, and independent scholars. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts to the undergraduate sessions offered during the conference.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be submitted electronically on the PCA/ACA Web site, through the links and process detailed at